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Massachusetts Gaming Update: Ballot Initiative for Second Slots Parlor

A petition to allow a second slots parlor in Massachusetts has moved one step closer to advancing to the November 2016 ballot. In December 2015, opponents to the ballot initiative filed suit challenging the petition on the...more

The Pursuit For An Island Casino

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) continues its efforts to add casino bingo to the summer getaways and lobster rolls on Martha’s Vineyard. In November 2015, Massachusetts, the town of Aquinnah, and the Aquinnah/Gay...more

Monmouth Park Brings Exchange Wagering to the United States

Exchange wagering—a fixed-odds variant of pari-mutuel betting—is making its U.S. debut today. Monmouth Park, a racetrack in New Jersey, has begun offering on-site and online exchange wagering in cooperation with Betfair US....more

Massachusetts Gaming Update: Commission Rejects Application for Resort Casino in Brockton

The wait is over and the decision is in. On Thursday, April 28, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4-1 against awarding a commercial license to Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC to build a resort casino in Brockton....more

On Your Mark, Get Set, Build!

It has been nearly five years since Massachusetts legalized casino gambling, but the state is still without an operating resort casino. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts are all chomping...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was a key focus this week. The DOJ announced a new one year Pilot Program which holds the promise of a significant reduction in penalties if the firm self-reports and takes a series of steps....more

Ballot Initiative for Another Slots Parlor in Massachusetts

Massachusetts voters may have the choice to “hit” or “stand” on another gaming establishment. A potential ballot question for this November is whether the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”) should be allowed to issue an...more

Massachusetts Regulators Pave the Way for Skill-Based Slots

The game of skill vs. game of chance debate has been the focus of gaming law for years now. Until recently, it was largely discussed in the context of poker and fantasy sports betting. A new arena for debate is now upon us,...more

If Two’s A Party, Is Three A Crowd? MGC Community Hearing on Proposed Brockton Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”) hosted a community meeting on March 1, 2016 to hear public input regarding Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC’s proposal to build a $677 million commercial casino in Brockton. As...more

Weekly Review of the Massachusetts Gaming Landscape

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Submits White Paper to the Legislature - If you have some skin in the game, submit a white paper. That’s what the Massachusetts Gaming Commission did in an effort to provide clarity on...more

Mass Gaming Commission Holds Daylong Forum on Daily Fantasy Sports

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) held a daylong forum to educate the MGC commissioners, staff and the public on Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and to inform the policy paper the MGC is...more

A Path for Video Game Developers to Introduce Their Games to Casino Floors

Popular skill-based games like Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Defense of the Ancients can soon be adapted and used for gambling on casino floors, thanks to the recent amendments to Nevada’s Gaming Control Act, together...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 20: Landlords, Beware! Medical Marijuana And Gaming: How Close Is Too Close?

Landlords, Beware! Medical Marijuana And Gaming: How Close Is Too Close? On June 12, 2013, Nevada became the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana businesses. Suddenly, the country’s oldest gaming jurisdiction was...more

Advertising Law - November 2015

Fantasy Sports Has a New Teammate: Nevada Gaming Commission - Nevada's Gaming Control Board announced that fantasy sports will be regulated like other forms of gambling, and ordered operators to halt operation in the...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 18: Nevada Gaming Control Board: Daily Fantasy Sports Is Gambling

Nevada Gaming Control Board: Daily Fantasy Sports Is Gambling - On October 15, 2015, Chairman A.G. Burnett of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board published an Industry Notice declaring daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) to...more

White Paper - Why Daily Fantasy Sports Needs Regulation to Survive

As the first glimpses of the 2015 NFL and college football seasons began to appear on the horizon, something else also began to cloud TV screens: A massive front of daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) advertising spots urging...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 15: Updates To Nevada's Live Entertainment Tax

To raise revenue and address its struggling K–12 education system, Nevada legislators made several major changes to the state’s tax structure in 2015. These include introduction of the Commerce Tax, which is a gross revenue...more

New Regulations Will Allow Nevada Casinos to Offer Skill-Based Games

A new Nevada law and regulations could soon bring skill-based games like Call of Duty, Wii Sports Resort, Gran Turismo, Grand Theft Auto, HALO, and NBA 2K15 with play-for-cash elements to casino floors in Nevada. The new...more

Updates to Nevada’s Gaming Law – 2015 Legislative Session (Cont.)

Extending the Reach of Nevada’s Gaming Regulation: SB38, SB40 and SB409 - SB38 - Senate Bill 38 extends the reach of the Board to a new category of licensees, to nightclubs and day clubs that are located on the...more

Nevada Gaming Commission Nightclub Regulations Could Have an Impact Far Beyond Nightclubs

Nevada has a new law effective July 1, 2015, Senate Bill 38 (“SB 38”), ostensibly designed to address recurrent drug use, prostitution, sexual assault, and other crimes at Las Vegas’s night clubs and pool venues. But SB 38...more

Updates to Nevada’s Gaming Laws – 2015 Legislative Session

Now that the dust has settled on the 2015 Nevada legislative session, we find the gaming landscape has been altered in some pretty interesting ways. There are a few bills that will allow Nevada gaming licensees to explore a...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 13

Extending the Reach of Nevada’s Gaming Regulation: SB38, SB40 and SB409 - SB38 - Senate Bill 38 extends the reach of the Board to a new category of licensees, to nightclubs and day clubs that are located on the...more

Beyond the Slot Machine: New Bill Directs Nevada’s Gaming Regulators to Craft Regulations to Allow “Hybrid” Games

Nevada is the world’s preeminent gaming destination. Not by chance, but by being a leader in gaming and entertainment innovations. Nevada was the first state in the nation to legalize gaming in 1931, the first to introduce...more

Medical Marijuana and Gaming: To Divest or Not to Divest?

Even as more and more states pass laws permitting sales and use of medical and recreational marijuana, marijuana remains an illegal Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act....more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 12: The Next Generation Of Gamers

On April 29, 2015, the UC Berkeley Golden Bears eSports team beat Arizona State to win the collegiate video gaming championship tournament. The winners received their remaining years’ tuition, and if they were graduating...more

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